May 20, 2013
The Towson Times took home nine awards Friday in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association editorial contest, including a "Best of Show," meaning it was superior to the first-place winners from other circulation divisions. The Baltimore Sun Media Group's community newspapers, which compete in smaller circulation divisions, won more than 80 awards. The Towson Times competes in the division of non-dailies over 20,000 circulation. In that division, Jon Meoli's story on a Towson High senior stunning the audience and her classmates when she sang "An Chloe," an opera piece by Mozart, which earned her a standing ovation, was named Best of Show.
May 12, 2013
Downtown Towson is on the cusp of a building boom that will transform this suburban county seat into one of the most dynamic, cosmopolitan communities in Maryland. All the elements are in place for this transformation. Towson has two institutions of higher education, Towson University and Goucher College, that not only provide world-class learning but also a work force that stabilizes the commercial core. Residential developments like Towson Green will make sure the downtown area does not become a ghost town after sunset and on the weekends.
January 5, 2013
Lois G. Caplan, a retired library supervisor and film buff, died Dec. 25 of cancer at her Arnold home. She was 71. A daughter of dungaree manufacturers, the former Lois Gloria Simons was born and raised in Philadelphia, where she graduated in 1960 from North Philadelphia's Olney High School. After training as a laboratory technician, she worked at Philadelphia General Hospital. She married Ivan Lee Caplan in 1964, and they moved to Pikesville. Since 1979, they lived in Arnold.
October 10, 2012
What a thrill to watch the Orioles play these two divisional series games, each with late endings due to rain delays, and to still find coverage and photos in The Sun at 7 a.m. next morning, delivered to our front door! Having the pictures of action, players and fans, as well as reporters' perspectives to describe all that went on is priceless. I've bought extra newspapers and mailed them to relatives who are Orioles fans in Texas, Virginia and Florida. What collectors items! And I've bought them for my 5-year-old grandchildren, who devour the photographs, posters and Orioles advertisements and hang them in their rooms.
October 2, 2012
Most who ride the St. Charles Avenue streetcar through New Orleans' Garden District are immediately smitten, not only by the city's charm but also by the convenience and nostalgia of the historic trolley. Many other cities, Baltimore included, have tried to offer light rail as a more modern take on that classic form of street-level transportation. So it's not surprising that many folks who live in Charles Village and other points along Charles Street are taken by the notion of a streetcar running through their neighborhood, too. Eighty years ago, Baltimore was a city that largely ran on streetcars, with more than 400 miles of track crisscrossing the city, including portions of Charles and St. Paul streets in Charles Village.
October 1, 2012
Plans to get mass transit to the communities north of Pennsylvania Station are proceeding on parallel tracks. A one-year-old, grass-roots campaign to establish streetcar service along the Charles Street corridor and south to the Inner Harbor is still at the door-knocking, leaflet-passing stage. Meanwhile, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is driving the bus - figuratively - to extend the Charm City Circulator's Purple Line from the train station to 33rd Street. She made the proposal part of her State of the City address in February and reiterated her support last week at a Charles Village community meeting.